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|West Ham United v Southampton Your Report added at 17:58:48|
What a puzzling day! Puzzling team selection, puzzling pedestrian performance, puzzling substitutions (unless there were injuries) & tactics thereafter & most puzzling of all were the sleepy performances of Bednarek, Stephens & McCarthy-it was as though all 3 had been slipped something pre match!
Talking of McCarthy he had a horrible 1st half in everything he did or didn’t do, & the decisions he did or didn’t make, everything was wrong. And I’m a fan who thinks he’s the best goalkeeper we have on our books.
|Leicester City v Southampton Your Report added at 17:36:25|
Surely all 10 out of 10, even the subs-what a result & performance, especially after going 1 down-we smashed ‘em.
Also fair play to ref Mason as well who is surely 1 of the most hated refs around-if I was marking him at half time I’d have given him 1 out of 10 just for turning up but he was a lot better in the 2nd.
& finally a word for our “friends” from Leicester-what a bunch of w@&*ers they’ve turned into-I was quick enough to praise their support during their seasons when they avoided relegation & then won the league but they’ve gone completely the other way-well done to my fellow Saints fans their today in not rising to the provocation.
|Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Your Report added at 17:23:04|
Shocking 2nd half from Saints-our game intelligence during this period was awful-& I can only remember 1 good bit in a cross Boufal put in but none of our players had the nous to gamble on it. Did anybody at the game really think we were going to score again?
I don’t care who we were playing, when you play against a team that has 1 less player than you for over an hour you shouldn’t be losing the game, although we shouldn’t have been 1 down anyway with Gunn diving out of the way of a shot that he could’ve caught.
Honourable mentions though to both Boufal & Bednerak......
|Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added at 15:45:20|
Great 1st 10, very poor rest of 1st half, great battling, tenacious 2nd half.
Not a lot more to say other Højbjerg still looks off the pace & JWP has still not turned up this season.......
|Arsenal v Southampton Your Report added at 17:44:20|
Unfortunately RH has to take a lot of blame for this defeat by picking Stephens who was directly at fault for both Arsenal goals-to be fair he probably would’ve expected more from him after trusting him so i’m sure he won’t make that mistake again.....
Positives? A 15 minute intense, angry, aggressive start to the 2nd Half. & our goal difference didn’t take a bashing.
P.s don’t boo your own players during the game a la Stephens however bad they are.
|Southampton v Cardiff City Your Report added at 17:30:27|
Put your positive spin on that Nick!
The lack of activity in to the club during the transfer window has really been evident in the last 3 games as to what we’ve been left with-you can’t polish a turd after all however good a manager RH is...,,,
|Leicester City v Southampton Your Report added at 18:26:01|
What a masterclass in how to play with 10 men while winning-well done Ralph, particularly in restoring McCarthy to the team but, more importantly, kudos to the 14, yes, even Valery, for the shift they put in today-please no criticism’s today guys!
|Cardiff City v Southampton Your Report added at 18:56:53|
We are gradually running out of CB’s fast-Stephens isn’t a CB, & after his last 2 performances, + away at Wolves, Vestergaard should not be handed a shirt again. What also disgusted me about Vestergaard today was not only did he let us down today he went straight down the tunnel without shaking any hands or coming over to us supporters-he should have been the 1st over to us apologising & begging for forgiveness.
I thought Bednarek was ok though so we’ll have to soldier on with him & 1 of Yoshi or Hoedt until Jan when we surely must buy, or loan, at least 1 top class CB.
|Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added at 13:30:19|
Look so much better, and more of a threat, going forward this season.
But....the same problems persist as the last couple of seasons e.g. starting the 2nd half slowly, conceding too many goals not long after scoring ourselves and generally looking "dodgy" at the back when put under sustained pressure, particularly when the ball is lumped into the box.
Vestergaard is a long way off Premier League standard at the moment (Yoshida or and Bednarek anyone?) and Cedric, again, was also terrible but because we don't have anybody putting pressure on his place this may well continue.
The big positive of this season so far is the form of Redmond (and i was 1 of his biggest critics) who has a better attitude and better body language about himself although the 2 things he really needs to bring to the team, crossing & shooting / scoring goals, still prove to be his biggest weaknesses.......at the moment.
|Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion Your Report added at 19:06:08|
& to add to my earlier post unfortunately Forster now HAS to be dropped if McCarthy is fit even if to only "shake him"up".
Although they were 2 good strikes today Forster gets beaten way too many times, & too easily, from distance particularly from low shots.
I am a GK myself, albeit I only played at amateur level & now on a Sunday, but even I know where to position myself when expecting a strike from distance, & that is on the edge of your six yard box to narrow the angle, but if you look at Forster's position he is nearly always very close to the goal line & you stand next to no chance of saving a decent strike then.
& for me, if someone like myself with limited ability knows this how does a professional not know this or and have the technique to carry this out?
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